PRESS RELEASE July 11, 2000
International Action Center
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Call To Action -
Released at 12:01 August 8, 2000

Emergency demonstrations to demand the immediate release of hundreds of prisoners still in jail in Philadelphia
Say No to Preventive Detention!

5:00 pm
August 9th
Times Square in NYC (42nd St. and 7th Avenue)

An emergency demonstration will take place on Weds. August 9 at Times Square in New York City to demand the release of hundreds of jailed protesters who have been brutalized and held on exorbitant bails in Philadelphia following the August 1 demonstration against the Prison-Industrial Complex. The protests also demanded a new trial for African-American journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal who has been sentenced to death in Pennsylvania.

"These prisoners have acted courageously in the face of brutal treatment, heavy charges and outrageously high bails," stated Larry Holmes, co-director of the International Action Center. "Their continued incarceration not only flagrantly violates the rights of these individuals it also serves as a test case for a new illegal police strategy that aims at smashing the new anti-capitalist and anti-racist youth movement that is sweeping the country."

Holmes was one of the 425 people arrested at the August 1 protests.

"The prisoners are engaging in a hunger strike against their mistreatment. All those who believe in the right to protest free from government sponsored repression and preventive detention must now demonstrate our solidarity with these sisters and brothers. Maximum pressure must be placed on the authorities and bright a spotlight must be put on this miscarriage of justice," Holmes said.

The government started the strategy of preventive detention in Washington DC with sweep arrests in April 15-17 demonstrations in Washington DC. More than 1,200 were arrested including a large number of people who were not engaged in any civil disobedience. A Class Action lawsuit has been filed by a coalition of progressive lawyers in Washington DC charging that the government and police engaged in a far-reaching conspiracy to violate the First and Fourth Amendment rights of protesters.

In addition to the August 9 demonstration in New York City there will be similar solidarity actions in cities throughout the United States on the same day.

International Action Center
39 West 14th Street, Room 206
New York, NY 10011
email: iacenter@iacenter.org
fax: 212 633-2889

web: www.iacenter.org

phone: 212 633-6646

 

 

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